This event has been postponed.
Born in “displaced persons” camp
Margarita Meyendorff will discuss her memoir, DP Displaced Person, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Butterfield Library in Cold Spring.
The daughter of a Russian baron, “Mourka” was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany, far from the opulence of the Imperial Russia in which her father had danced with Anastasia and attended balls and military schools. War destroyed that privileged existence and her parents fled through Nazi Germany.
After the family immigrated to the U.S., Mourka’s first home was the estate of an eccentric millionaire impresario that served as a temporary enclave of Russian aristocrats. They were given quarters in elephant stalls. As she recounts, her childhood was a roller coaster of highs (performing as a rooster to applause for the Russian Orthodox audience) and lows (coping with her traumatized parents).